Record number in football playoffs

Six Arundel teams to play on weekend


November 15, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

A county-record six teams from Anne Arundel County advanced to the state football playoffs that commence this weekend.

Only three other counties had more teams than Anne Arundel: Baltimore County (nine), Prince George's (eight) and Montgomery (seven). Anne Arundel has 12 high schools.

No. 7 Broadneck (9-1) will host South River (6-4) on Friday, while No. 5 Arundel (9-1) hosts No. 13 Old Mill (8-2) in the Class 4A East regional. Both games are at 6:30 p.m.

In the Class 3A East regional, Severna Park (8-2) will host Edgewood (8-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday, while Southern (6-4), the county's smallest school, visits Queen Anne's of the Eastern Shore at 7 p.m. Friday in the Class 2A East semifinals.

South River got into the playoffs despite losing its last two games - to Broadneck and Arundel. The Seahawks got in when Westlake edged Thomas Stone, 13-6, in Charles County, taking the fourth and final seed in the region by bonus points, 45-42, over Thomas Stone (6-4).

Bonus points are awarded to a team for each victory by a team it has defeated.

Southern earned the fourth seed in Class 2A East with its 23-20 victory over Annapolis (5-5) in the waning seconds in Harwood. Chris Van Wie kicked a game-winning 19-yard field goal on his second try. His first attempt was blocked, but a penalty was called against the Panthers, giving him a second chance.

The win over Annapolis gave Southern the five bonus points it needed to beat out Easton for the playoff berth.

Keeping it simple

After No. 4 Archbishop Spalding defeated Cardinal Gibbons to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title and cap an undefeated season last Friday, Crusaders coach Donald Davis credited the Cavaliers' success to being fundamentally sound and keeping things basic.

"Their kids have bought into their system because they have a great coaching staff that has convinced them what they're doing works," he said after Spalding's 19-7 win at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. "And evidently it does because they've won 21 games in the last two years."

In winning their second straight B Conference title, the Cavaliers (11-0) became the 13th county team with at least a nine-game schedule to go undefeated and just the third county private school.

Cavaliers spiked

After winning the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference volleyball title in five games over No. 6 St. Paul's (20-3), No. 4 Spalding (19-3) lost in three games to the Gators in the Maryland/D.C. Private School Tournament last weekend.

On the mark

Broadneck kicker Chris McDermott set a county regular-season record with 11 field goals this season. In 2003, Bruin Chris Desautels also kicked 11 - but one was in the

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